As a teacher, you are required to use your voice more than any other professional! Your voice is the most important tool that you have at your disposal to inspire students and help them learn effectively. Using your voice powerfully and effectively is the key to becoming an outstanding teacher. Developing a strong vocal presence in the classroom influences everything else that you do, helping to build your confidence and positive interactions with students. If you neglect your voice as a teacher, you are more likely to end up stressed, have a shorter teaching career and suffer from vocal health issues.
This book explores how you can learn to use your voice effectively in the classroom, linking together basic theory about vocal production and teacher identity with numerous practical tips, tricks and exercises which you can apply to your own teaching. Covering all aspects of the voice and its employment both inside the classroom and its importance to daily life outside, the book tackles topics such as:
the philosophy of the voice, how it develops and its role in creating your own identity
the mechanical and mental skills required to develop a teaching voice
acquiring confidence and an exploration of body language to underpin your vocal production
the relationship between the student's voice and the teacher's voice
the importance of practice for a teacher
the practicality of caring for one's voice.
Using Your Voice Effectively in the Classroom offers a much-needed exploration and thorough examination of the voice in the classroom and will be an indispensable guide for trainee teachers, as well as valuable reading for all practising teachers.
William Evans is Senior Lecturer in Education at the Faculty of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Jonathan Savage is Reader in Education at the Faculty of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He is also Managing Director of UCan Play.
Introduction 1. Finding Your Voice 2. Developing Your Voice 3. Your Voice and Your Pedagogy 4. Your Voice and Your Student's Learning 5. Developing an Effective Teacher Voice 6. Effective and persuasive language 7. Your voice and your body language 8. Vocal Metaphors 9. Looking After Your Voice